Crime + Community
The annual New York City Drag March took place Friday, as drag queens and individuals of various sexual identities marched with pride from Tompkins Square Park to the celebrations at Stonewall Inn. Occurring on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, this year’s march was especially joyous. Watch our video and see for yourself.
“All you landlords, you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side,” and “All my money is spent when I pay my rent” were the chants that rose from housing activists and tenants at the Great Hall at Cooper Union yesterday evening. They rallied to demand that the Rent Guidelines Board roll back rents when it meets Monday to set new rent levels for regulated apartments.
What’s so significant about one more bookshelf in New York City libraries? Quite a bit, actually. The recently installed “New Americans Corners” — signed into agreement last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – not only provide resources for immigrants aspiring to citizenship; they also signify that public libraries are trustworthy places to seek counsel in a city fraught with scams and false promises.
The corners are located in all 217 public library branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens systems to service the 650,000 to 750,000 “lawful permanent residents” seeking citizenship, per a statement from de Blasio’s office. Though multiple resources already existed at the libraries, these corners ensure that there is an organized, uniform system for New Yorkers to attain information regarding not only citizenship, but guidance on running a successful business and gaining financial stability.
Mayor de Blasio announced today that his Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force has made its first arrest, of a landlord who, among other things, stands accused of illegally depriving rent-regulated tenants of heat even as temperatures were below freezing. The indictment of Daniel Melamed for allegedly endangering the welfare of his tenants during winter renovations of his Crown Heights building “sends a clear signal to any unscrupulous landlords that they will be next,” De Blasio said. “And we’ll spare no effort in going out – going after those who are forcing New Yorkers out of their homes illegally.”
The commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct called on East Village residents to be on the lookout for a “pattern assault perpetrator” who has attacked four Asian women over the past week in a series of apparent bias crimes, striking them with a bag “containing a hard object.”
“This is obviously a perpetrator that we want to get off the street,” Deputy Inspector Peter Venice told a gathering of locals at the East Fifth Street stationhouse last night during the last meeting of its community council before the summer break. He asked them to contact the police tip line if they see a person of interest. The c.o. gave no description of the suspect, who is said to be a slender man thought to be in his 20s. But he noted there were posters up in the neighborhood and recommended watching television reports for additional information.
The man behind EV Grieve is finally out and about in the East Village.
“Hello, my name is John Elsasser,” he posted last night, “and I have been running this website for the past eight years or so.”
The blogger had remained anonymous during all that time, even as he was quoted in the New York Times as a neighborhood authority and even as his site racked up links and plaudits from countless other mainstream media outlets. (Last year the Village Voice named EV Grieve the city’s Best Local Website and praised it for “breaking news about the East Village and providing a forum for brutally honest commentary from its current and former denizens.”)
Elsasser wrote that he had long thought about revealing his name, but dragged his feet. “However,” he wrote, “it seems easier now to make this disclosure, helped in part that a news site has designs on publishing a ‘Who is EVG?’ article in the days/weeks ahead.”’
Surprise, surprise–North Brooklynites aren’t exactly thrilled about a potential parade of up to 30 tankers hauling organic waste through their neighborhood every day, even if the compost does eventually get converted into natural gas.
A woman was pushed onto the tracks at the Bleecker Street station during the Monday morning rush, and police have identified the bottle-heaving man in the above video as their suspect in the assault. Here’s the NYPD’s description of the incident.
Over 100 people were arrested in New York City last night as hundreds protesting the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody gathered in Union Square and marched through the streets.
A man was fatally shot by the police in the East Village this afternoon after a scuffle broke out inside a halfway house on Sixth Street near Avenue B.